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Writing Center Updates!

  • An exterior shot of the writing center.
    An exterior shot of the writing center.
    Carthage College


Jean Preston

January 31, 2014

The Writing Center is gearing up for spring! Here is the information students and faculty need to know about using Writing Center services during spring semester. Below you’ll find our Spring 2014 hours, directions for using online Writing Center services, and directions for registering and making appointments for in-center assistance through WCOnline.

Spring 2014 Hours

The Online Writing Center remains open to assist Adult Education students through Sunday, Feb. 9.

J-Term in-center Writing Center hours ended on Jan. 30.  Spring in-center hours begin on Monday, Feb. 10. Those hours are:

Sundays: Noon-10 p.m.
Mondays-Thursdays: 9 a.m.-10 p.m.
Fridays-Saturdays: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

How to use Online Writing Center Services

Although we highly recommend one-on-one personal tutoring in the Writing Center, we do offer our Online Writing Center (OLWC) service to students who are unable to arrange in-person appointments in the Writing Center. The OLWC provides assistance with anything from formulating a thesis statement to fine tuning sections of a senior thesis.  

Please keep in mind that online tutoring is limited. For instance, we cannot address a lengthy project (more than seven or eight pages) effectively in a single online session. Please plan on submitting sections of longer projects to the online writing center over time, or coming in for multiple face-to-face sessions.

Writing Fellows from several disciplines volunteer each semester to work with client papers submitted to the OLWC. That way, students can access different perspectives and areas of expertise when submitting their papers, just as they can in regular Writing Center sessions.

Please note that the OLWC has a 72-hour turnaround period. This means that you will receive feedback from one of the Writing Fellows within 72 hours of submitting your paper, although you may often receive feedback on your paper sooner.

To submit a paper via the OLWC, please follow the steps below:

Step 1) Register your personal Writing Center account at This step is very important, because we cannot give you feedback on your paper until your account has been established. If you already have an account, you can ignore this step.

Step 2) Compose an email addressed to In the body of your email, include all of the following information:
What is the assignment/prompt?
What is the Course Name/Number?
Who is the professor for this course and what is his/her email address?
Would you like us to notify your professor that you utilized the OLWC?
What specific areas do you want addressed in this paper?

Step 3) Attach your paper (in Word format) to the email and send.

If you have any questions about this process, please call us at 262-552-5536 or email us at

How to Schedule In-Center Sessions Using WCOnline

The Writing Center employs a web-based scheduling program called Writing Center Online (WCOnline). Using this program, clients can log in and schedule Writing Center appointments without having to call or send email requests. Here’s how it works:

Step 1) Start at the login page:

Step 2) On your first visit to the site, register for an account by clicking on the “click here to register” link  (just above the login area) and filling in your information. After this, you can log in anytime using your email address and password.

Step 3) Immediately after login, you will see the Writing Center schedule, with tutors’ names on the left side, and openings for appointments in white. Click on a white space, and fill in your appointment information in the new window. IMPORTANT:  Be sure you know your professor’s name and correct email address when you make your appointment, as these fields are required.

Step 4) After completing the appointment information, remember to click on the “Save Appointment” button. 

Step 5) Once you have saved your appointment time, you will see a message that your appointment was created successfully (or an error message if it was not created successfully). You will also receive an email confirmation of your appointment immediately after you schedule your appointment, and a reminder email the night before your appointment.

If you must change/cancel and appointment, please do so as far in advance as possible, as our no-show policy remains in force. The new system will allow you to cancel your own appointment up to eight hours before it is scheduled. If you must cancel with less than eight hours notice, please call 262-552-5536 or email the Writing Center at to do so.

Of course, you may still telephone, e-mail, or drop in to request an appointment; however, if you do that, a Writing Fellow will give you these instructions and assist you with the WCOnline registration and scheduling process.

No-show policy/cancelling appointments through WCOnline:

Clients who miss two appointments in a single semester without cancelling will be unable to schedule Writing Center sessions for the remainder of that semester.

WCOnline allows clients to cancel their own appointments online up to eight hours prior to a scheduled session. Clients may still cancel appointments with less than 8 hours notice; however, they must call 262-552-5536 or email to do so.  

See you in the Writing Center!